Craddock Terry Getaway
This weekend was special for Nora, Sasha and myself. We all traveled down to Lynchburg together. Sasha was going to stay overnight with her best friend, Jessica who had just started her freshman year at Liberty University. Nora and I were planning to visit with Chip and Noura who were coincidently going to have their kick-off Saturday evening “Life Group at the Lutyks”. Dinner would be served as a prelude… of course. We planned to contribute a homemade pie to the festivities. This would surely be a grand time for all!
Before going down one minor detail remained to be taken care of…. we needed a place to stay on Saturday night. Yours truly, frugal Freddie, had earned 27,000 points from Choice Hotels and was ready to place us for free in the Sleep Inn!?!
Then I remembered that on our last two trips to Lynchburg we stayed at a frugal Chris hotel and then a Nora upgrade attempt hotel and we had been very disappointed to say the least. So I decided to search hotels.com to see what I could see. I scrolled through a number of hotels including the Frugal Chris, the Frugal Freddie and the Nora Upgrade-Kaputt hotels after which I saw the words “Craddock Terry Hotel.”
I stared at the name blankly convinced it should mean something to me when all of a sudden I remembered that this was the hotel that Nora had really, really wanted to stay at. After seeing that it had a rating of 4.7 out of 5 Stars – OUTSTANDING! and that we had already eaten at the adjacent Shoemaker’s Restaurant on a previous visit to town I clicked on the link to see what the accommodations looked like. Suffice it to say I was impressed. I signed us up for the least expensive, expensive room! The description of the rooms did not differ from one price to the other but only said…
“NON SMOKING FREE HSIA KEURIG BREW SYSTEM KNG BD – BKFTS INCLUDED TRIPL SHEET 32FLAT PANEL TV”
Nora, no doubt, was quite pleased to hear we were not “slumming it” this time! If they would have let me use my 27,000 Choice Hotel points that would have just about done the trick (fat chance!) seeing as 16,000 would have gotten us into the not too decrepid, actually quite nice, Sleep Inn.
Little did I know but The Craddock Terry Hotel is listed as one of a select number of hotels at historichotels.org! It’s website described the place in glowing terms…
Today a name inextricably connected with the finest in luxury accommodations and hospitality, Craddock Terry was once associated with shoes. The Craddock Terry Shoe Company was, in fact, the first shoe company south of the Mason-Dixon Line and the fifth largest in the world. Built on the edge of the James River in 1901, the factory immediately became the backbone of the city’s commercial success. In recent years, it was converted into a luxury boutique hotel occupying the original building and the historic tobacco warehouse next door. Original architectural details such as brick walls, high ceilings, and large windows with views of downtown, the river, and the Blue Ridge Mountains complement the stylish modern décor, appropriately accented with shoes.
When we arrived we found out why the price was less… we were relegated to a floor…. below! Elevator down, please! (Oh no! What have I done I said to myself!) However we discovered that though we didn’t have a direct view of the James River we were on the same floor as the restaurant and patio level… very nice!
On the bed we found an old wooden shoebox with a card informing us of our complimentary continental breakfast. Just fill out the card, it said, put it outside your room and in the morning your shoebox will be filled with breakfast goodies. And it was! Yum!
For those of you wondering how much the Ritz cost us in case you might like to follow suit… well, it was $159 plus the tax and extras they always add (though Expedia claims to have a room for $139!). Our credit card was not charged until we checked out!
Chip and Noura’s Life Group was a rousing success. Sasha and Jessica had a fun and adventurous evening topping it off with chicken chili they made from the ingredients we brought from home. And we all drove down to Brookneal, VA to attend Staunton River Community Church where Chip and Noura lead the worship ministry. Afterwards it was off to the Ledo’s in Lynchburg for some delicious pizza!
So we give this excursion an A+ with the crowning glory of the Craddock Terry Hotel stay! Starting to save up the nickels and dimes for our next visit.
And if you’re ever in Lynchburg and you’re not looking for a Frugal Freddie hotel this is definitely the one for you!